Hype and Spin Archive

Design Hotels That Serve the Young, Rich, and Artsy

I just attended a luxury travel conference attended by expensive hotels and tour companies catering to the wealthy. This is nothing new, but the focus of this one was new: the “creative class” travelers who want their fine linens and concierges to come with a ladle full of cool. Boutique hotels have gone from occasional [...]

How Thorough Is That Hotel Review You’re Reading?

The problems with user-generated reviews have been well-documented here and elsewhere, but what about the ones written by professionals? Well, that can be a crap shoot too if they haven’t spent much time on site. I’ve read reviews in major print magazines that put the hotel in the wrong neighborhood, talked about a pool that [...]

Best and Worst Luxury Hotel Travel Trends

When Conde Nast Traveler published their 16th “Hot List” issue in April, they included a feature I loved on what hotel trends have emerged in that time that were loved or hated. I found myself nodding along a lot and some of the “Terrible 10″ echoed features we’ve complained about plenty in our luxury hotel [...]

An Update on Real Estate in Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro has long been the Caribbean’s Badlands, a string of islands for rugged castaways and those escaping something—or someone. This string of islands off the coast of Panama has long been touted, along with Honduras’ Bay Islands, as one of the last real values in the Caribbean. For a while, the trajectory seemed [...]

What’s Wrong With User-generated Hotel Reviews?

There’s no doubt that TripAdvisor has been a boon for travelers and a great motivator for poor hotels to get their act together. Unfortunately, any service with this much power is just begging to be gamed. Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal ran a great piece last week called The Big Flaws in Hotel [...]